The WORST Episodes of Early Edition

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: CBS

Gary Hobson was a regular Chicago stockbroker. One day his wife dumped him and he was forced to move into a hotel room. The next morning, at 6:30 am, a mysterious yellow cat showed up at his front door with tomorrow's edition of the Chicago Sun-Times. From that day on his life was never the same. At first skeptical, Gary started to try saving people's lives and stop disasters from happening. With the help of his friends Chuck and Marissa, Gary became a man with a mission, even though he doesn't know why or how the paper gets to him every morning.

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Luck o' the Irish

#1 - Luck o' the Irish

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 27, 2000

A young Irish woman loses her chance at a million dollar lottery when Gary swipes her dollar that she was going to buy the winning ticket with. To repay her he ends up caught up in a wild scheme that has them pretending to be engaged while Kate looks for a man she loves.

star 6.64
74 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Sean Clark
Hoops (a.k.a. Hoop Dreams)

#2 - Hoops (a.k.a. Hoop Dreams)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 2, 1996

Michael Williams, one of the biggest high school basketball stars, has a heart condition that may cost him his life. Gary tries to convince him not to play, but his coach keeps pushing him to do so. He and Marissa visit Michael's neighborhood, where Marissa grew up. They appeal to Connie Hooks, one of Marissa's old friends and also the Michael Williams of their time.

star 6.99
162 votes
Directors: Rick Rosenthal
Writers: Bob Brush

#3 - Baby

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 12, 1996

Gary helps Chuck deliver twins in an elevator after Chicago has a blackout due to Gary's inability to stop street workers to keep a water pump turned off. Meanwhile, Gary keeps chasing for a mysterious blonde woman while his ex-wife attempts to get back together.

star 7.14
187 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Alex Taub, Bob Brush
Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog

#4 - Thief Swipes Mayor's Dog

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 1996

Gary has to stop the mayor's dog from being kidnapped. The kidnapper turns out to be Chuck's uncle, who was trying to get back at the mayor after a public truck ran over his dog. Phil says he'll only stop after he gets a written apology from the mayor. All Gary gets is an autograph.

star 7.23
111 votes
Directors: Susan Seidelman
Writers: Bob Brush, John Romano, Robert Rabinowitz
Mob Wife

#5 - Mob Wife

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 25, 1997

Gary and Chuck save a gangster's ex-fiancee from being shot, which gets them into hot water with the mob.

star 7.25
146 votes
Directors: Rick Rosenthal
Writers: Alex Taub, Dusty Kay, Norman Morrill
His Girl Thursday

#6 - His Girl Thursday

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 23, 1996

Meredith returns to create a second chance with Gary, and he is presented with a choice to throw away the paper and follow love, or give up the girl and continue saving lives.

star 7.29
123 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Jeff Melvoin
Wild Card

#7 - Wild Card

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 1999

While struggling to find a way to tell his boss that he's leaving McGinty's for good, Patrick thoroughly frustrates Gary by following him around all day and triggering a host of potential disasters. When Patrick's actions culminate in an explosion at a Halloween rave party, Gary instructs him not to move a muscle - a directive that backfires when Patrick attempts to help and winds up in a life-threatening situation.

star 7.35
101 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: André Nemec, Josh Appelbaum

#8 - Rose

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 19, 2000

Although Crumb cautions Gary that Rose may appear sweet and innocent but is probably trouble, Gary ignores his warning, even when evidence surfaces that she has a criminal record. When he believes her explanation that an old boyfriend is after her, Gary agrees to loan Rose $25,000 to get rid of him and is stunned when she suddenly runs off with his money.

star 7.37
71 votes
Directors: Julia Rask
Writers: Lorin Wertheimer
The Paper

#9 - The Paper

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 19, 1996

Gary is invited to the office of the Sun-Times, and he falls for one of the paper's star reporters.

star 7.41
172 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Bob Brush, John Romano
Number One with a Bullet

#10 - Number One with a Bullet

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 20, 1999

Marissa's old friend, Julius aka C-Roc, is in town for a cd signing and Gary has to prevent him from being killed.

star 7.43
99 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Attica Locke
The Wrong Man

#11 - The Wrong Man

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 7, 1996

Gary's ex-wife Marcia tells him she is getting married, and Gary finds out the groom is his old boss Pritchard.

star 7.43
96 votes
Directors: David Jones
Writers: Alex Taub
Crumb Again

#12 - Crumb Again

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 3, 1999

Crumb is about to publish a manuscript about police corruption in Chicago, when he becomes the target of someone who doesn't want the book to come out. Gary and Crumb then narrowly escape a drive-by shooting, and Federal Agent Brigatti, who recently transferred to the Chicago detective squad, takes on the case and attempts to track down Crumb's potential killer.

star 7.44
101 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: Sean Clark
After Midnight

#13 - After Midnight

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 9, 1996

Gary has to stop a 17 year-old single mother from abandoning her child. But as always, Gary gets more involved with her than he should, and finds out she left home pregnant and now works for a drug dealer. Meanwhile, Chuck uses the paper to get a date with an attractive woman he had to share a cab with.

star 7.45
163 votes
Writers: Deborah Joy LeVine
Two to Tangle

#14 - Two to Tangle

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 27, 1999

A couple is fighting with each other over their lingerie company, and Henry befriends their daughter.

star 7.45
98 votes
Directors: James Quinn
Writers: Rick Mittleman
Teen Angels

#15 - Teen Angels

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 19, 1998

Gary is mistaken for a substitute teacher while attempting to stop a high school shooting.

star 7.47
99 votes
Directors: James Quinn
Writers: Laura Doyle

#16 - Halloween

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 1998

Gary is abducted by two witches that he saved from a fire. The witches believe that Gary is a warlock, and that Gary can help them free their sister who has been locked up for close to 200 years.

star 7.47
102 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Bob Brush

#17 - Slippity-Doo-Dah

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 9, 1999

Gary catches a snake that was going to bite a bingo player who faints and knocks her head. However, she's incapable of her next doings: babysitting Henry. Gary takes over, but Marissa warns him that he can't handle both the paper and Henry. While babysitting for Henry, Gary's intervention with one accident sets off a chain reaction of accidents.

star 7.48
98 votes
Directors: Fisher Stevens
Writers: Carla Kettner
Blind Faith

#18 - Blind Faith

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 22, 2000

Gary loses his sight while he is trying to prevent three teens from being blown up by an old cannon ball. While at the hospital, Gary meets a yong kid named Nate Calvin, whose mother is ill. The next day, without being able to see, Gary must save Nate Calvin, who is trapped in an abandoned building.

star 7.50
70 votes
Directors: James Quinn
Writers: Jeff Pinkner
Up Chuck

#19 - Up Chuck

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 7, 1998

A surprise visit from Chuck makes Gary suspect an ulterior motive.

star 7.51
99 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Alex Taub

#20 - Gifted

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 4, 2000

After saving a playmate of Nikki's and then preventing her from being injured in a school bus accident, Gary meets the tough-talking 13-year-old and learns that she also knew about the accidents before they almost happened. While most would consider Nikki's clairvoyance to be a gift, she is racked with guilt because she was unable to save her own parents from dying in a car crash three years earlier -- an event Gary also failed to stop.

star 7.57
74 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Diane Messina Stanley, James Stanley
Play It Again Sammo

#21 - Play It Again Sammo

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 1999

Gary does his usual routine to help others, and finds himself involved with the robbery of an ancient Chinese helmet that was stolen from LA. Detective Sammo Law from the Los Angeles police department is in Chicago looking for the missing helmet. After investigating Gary's involvement with the case, Sammo and Gary find out Gary accidentally bought the helmet as a piece of an art decoration object. Unfortunately the helmet is stolen again, forcing Sammo and Gary to team up to get it back, while trying to stop the man who stole it and his niece from being murdered by international smugglers who want the helmet.

star 7.59
71 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Sean Clark
In Gary We Trust

#22 - In Gary We Trust

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 1998

Gary is in danger after preventing a spa worker from being shot in the sauna. Turns out that the people who were going to kill him are mobsters and the spa worker is actually an FBI agent working on a case to bring the mobsters down.

star 7.60
130 votes
Directors: Ian Barry
Writers: Carla Kettner

#23 - Frostbit

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 11, 1997

On a 20-below-zero day in Chicago, Gary encounters a homeless child who asks him for money on several occasions. Gary tells the boy off, but then finds a headline saying that the child freezes to death inside a building. Meanwhile, Chuck moves in with Gary after the heat goes out in his house.

star 7.60
146 votes
Directors: Lee Bonner
Writers: Alex Taub, Bob Brush, Deborah Joy LeVine
The Choice

#24 - The Choice

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 5, 1996

Gary has to make a decision between saving a little girl from dying or stop a plane from crashing and making over 190 victims. Since Chicago is stuck in its biggest traffic jam ever, Gary can't get to the airport. When he is about to take the train, he sees the little girl and decides to save her. The doctors ignore her and Gary then has to open their eyes for her real condition. Will he also be able to stop the plane crash, or will he fail?

star 7.64
230 votes
Directors: Michael Dinner
Writers: Bob Brush, John Romano
Bat Masterson

#25 - Bat Masterson

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 22, 1997

While attempting to save a life in Millennium Park, a lawman on horseback charges into the scene, claiming to be the fictional character Bat Masterson.

star 7.64
84 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Dusty Kay